Resurrection to Hold Annual MLK Ceremony
The Church of the Resurrection (Bond Hill, OH) will hold its annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., prayer service and awards ceremony at 3 pm on Martin Luther King Day, Jan. 21.
Started by Br. Hugh Henderson, CPPS, 13 years ago at St. Mark parish, “Keep the Dream Alive” is the only Catholic prayer service in the area celebrating the legacy of Rev. Dr. King. When St. Mark’s and three parishes merged to form Resurrection, the new parish kept the event.
“I brought it here from Detroit,” Bro. Hugh says. “Other churches have an annual service, but there was no Catholic service in Cincinnati.”
Originally a Mass, the service is now ecumenical because it attracts many non-Catholics who are not familiar with the Eucharist. “Now other people can speak,” Bro. Hugh says, and everyone can pray together in a mutually acceptable way.
The service will include Scripture readings, performances by the 40-person Resurrection choir, a keynote address by former Cincinnati Mayor Dwight Tillery, and the awards ceremony. Resurrection’s pastor, Fr. Dennis Chriszt, CPPS, will deliver the opening prayer; Deacon Royce Winters will read the Gospel; and television anchor Courtis Fuller will emcee.
The annual Keep the Dream Alive Awards are given to people from the Greater Cincinnati community who embody Rev. Dr. King’s ideals and work for equality, justice, and Christian charity.
A committee made up of members of each of the parishes that merged to form Resurrection chooses the recipients from nominations by the parishioners and past recipients. The number of honorees have varied from three to 12, but generally include Catholic lay people, an ecumenical figure, a youth, an elected official, and Catholic clergy and religious.
Past honorees include Archbishop Daniel Pilarczyk; Bishop Karl Moeddel; Fr. Joe Folzenlogen, SJ; Carl Lindner; Rev. Damon Lynch III: Bill Mallory; Chris Smitherman; Cecil Thomas; Joseph and Susan Picheler; Fr. Jim Schappelle; Coach Franklin Schands; and many others.
Deacon Royce Winters, Courtis Fuller, and Dwight Tillery are all former recipients as well.
Fr. Benjamin Urmston, SJ, is one of six people to be honored this year. The former professor of Peace and Justice programs at Xavier University, now 87, has been associated with XU for more than 40 years. He has also been active in many community groups including the Evanston Community Council, Cincinnati Archdiocesan Commission of Social Action and World Peace, the St. Francis-St. Joseph Catholic Worker House shelter for homeless men, St. Robert Bellarmine Chapel, and the Cincinnati NAACP, as well as the XU Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility and the Justice Across Campus Committee. He also hosted a weekly radio show on WVXU for 28 years.
A World War II veteran, Fr. Urmston fought in General Patton’s Third Army in Europe, where he was in three major battles: the Rhine, the Ruhr, and Bavaria. He also served in the Philippines. He has received numerous wards including the Dorothy Day Medal and the Orchid Award from the Tri-State Environmental Committee, and the 2003 Religious Leader of the Year Award.
Also receiving awards are:
Gwendolyn Ivory Robinson Former principal of the Academy of World Languages, Ms. Robinson mentors high school and college students, she has founded and headed numerous educational foundations and is a 2012 Cincinnati Enquirer Woman of the Year.
Rev. Jerry Culbreth Pastor of Tryed Stone New Beginning Church, Rev. Culbreth has pastored several area churches.
Barbara Hawkins A Resurrection parishioner, Ms. Hawkins is a retired Princeton City Schools teacher and long-time school volunteer, and was a volunteer EMT for 20 years in Woodlawn, Lincoln Heights, and Glendale. She is an active volunteer at her parish and community.
Jenny Laster Ms. Laster is President and CEO of the GrassRoots Leadership Academy, and former Director of Leadership Development for the Urban League, where she was the first Project Leader for the African American Leadership Development Program and where she co-produced Glorifying the Lions, a video about the achievements of area African American seniors, which led to the Urban League’s annual Glorifying the Lions Awards Program.
Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth (posthumous) One of the towering figures of the Civil Rights movement, Rev. Shuttlesworth lived in Cincinnati from 1966 until his death in 2011 at age 88. He pastored the Greater New Light Baptist Church here, where he was founding director of the Shuttlesworth Housing Foundation.
The Church of the Resurrection was established in 2010, when three Cincinnati parishes (St. Andrew, Avondale; St. Mark, Evanston; and St. Marin do Porres, Lincoln Heights) merged into one. It is served by priests from the Missionaries of the Precious Blood.
The ceremony begins at 3 pm and is open to the public. An hors d’oevres reception follows.
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